Jogjakarta here we come!


Well, we’re booked for Jogjakarta (or Yogjakarta) for Dec. 27-Jan. 2. I’m calling this my Christmas present to myself (and to Via), since there won’t be much of a Christmas here. Haven’t had a “real” Christmas in a few years.

After much research, we’ve settled on the Adya Nalendra Boutique Hotel, in the center of town but in a neighborhood not far from the hustle and bustle. (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g294230-d1423485-Reviews-adya_Nalendra_Boutique_Hotel-Yogyakarta_Yogyakarta_Region_Java.html).

We booked a delux room like this one.

We booked a delux room like this one.

 

The “hotel” has 15 rooms and a restaurant. Go here to see photos. (http://www.agoda.com/id-id/adya-nalendra-boutique-hotel/hotel/yogyakarta-id.html?type=2&CID=1572555&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.agoda.web.id%2fasia%2findonesia%2fyogyakarta%2fadya_nalendra_boutique_hotel.html&cklg=1&setcookienew=1).

Booking flights was very difficult, as my new credit cards would not work on Lion Air. Finally was able to complete the transaction on another site after trying for two days. The price of tickets kept going up seemingly by the hour as I struggled with repeatedly filling out the forms, only to run into roadblocks. Ended up paying about $50 more than when I started the process. Price for two round-trip tickets was about $500. That’s with a low-cost airline, but I discovered last year that air fares during the Christmas holiday period are actually higher here than during Ramadan, which is strange. The planes will most assuredly be jammed, and Lion Air is not noted for spacious economy class – I can barely squeeze into their seats; Via will have no problem. The flights are non-stop and last two hours.

Jogjakarta is located on the island of Java, southeast of Jakarta, the capital.

indonesia mapThe next step is to book some tours. Jogjakarta has lots of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples, as well as an active volcano just outside of town. This is also a great place for shopping for native wares – and there are beaches within a 45-minute ride.

All the tour operators I found listed, however, described their tours as first being picked up at the airport and going immediately to the first place on the tour. And then there’s 3-4 consecutive days of touring. We want to go to our hotel when we arrive and take tours one day at a time. We have five days and figure two days of sightseeing, one day at the beach and the other two days on our own. So I sent e-mails to five of the operators asking if they could pick us up at our hotel and provide special tours for us. No problem. Here is what one operator  offered (US$1 = IDR 11,500):

Dec 28, 2013 pick up at Hotel
After breakfast we pick up you at Hotel

Borobudur temples

Borobudur temples

Drive to Dieng
Visit sikidang crater
Visit Mirror lake
Visit pandawa temple
Drive to Borobudur area, explore the temple
Back to jogjakarta and return to hotel
December 29, 2013 Jogjakarta sightseeing
Visit Merapi for lava tour

Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi

Visit Sultan palace
Visit Tamansari water castle
Visit Kotagede (batik and silver processing)
Visit Prambanan temple
Back to hotel

Prambanan temples

Prambanan temples

December 30, 2013 Pindul cave tubing, sri gethuk water fall, ngobaran beach

Wonosari beach

Ngobaran beach

Drive to wonosari
Visit pindul cave tubing
Visit sri gethuk water fall
Visit Ngobaran beach
Drive back to Jogjakarta
Return to hotel
Ends service
We offer price : IDR 1.650.000 (for two person)
Include
  • Private air condition car
  • Driver
  • Gasoline
  • Parking fee
Exclude:
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Guide
  • Entrance fee
  • Optional
  • Tips
Additional information
Price of entrance fee (IDR/person)
Dieng all around : 50.000
Borobudur temple : 190.000
Prambanan temple : 170.000
Sultan palace : 12.5000
Tamansari : 10.000
Merapi : 10.000
Pindul cave tubing : 70.000
Srigethuk waterfall : 25.000
Ngobaran beach : 8.000
Jeep at merapi for lava tour : 250.000 (optional/short trip)
Guide fee : 300.000/day
That comes to about $150 per person for the three days, plus about $200 for the extra fees. Plus, meal money. Now if we can get them to give us a day off in between tour day 1 and 2 and tour day 2 and 3, we will be all set. That would mean our last day will be a beach day. Perfect!
If you don’t count Bali last year, this will be my first journey into the “real” Indonesia. And I’m bringing my own personal translator. Via hasn’t been to Jogjakarta either, so it will be new for both of us. We’ll both be bringing our cameras, of course.
I’m not budgeting for this trip, per se, as it is a present, but it should come out to about $2,000 or so total for the two of us, depending on how much we spend shopping. Not bad for a 7-day vacation for two. Can’t wait!

About 2bagsandapack

Lifetime journalist, author, magazine editor and publisher, now semi-retired and traveling the world. My plan, after living in Costa Rica for 14 months, was to visit a new country in southern Europe every three months to experience the culture and the challenge of adapting to a new environment, while on a fixed income. That plan was sidetracked when I was offered a job in Indonesia, providing an opportunity to explore Asia. Indonesia lasted for a 4 wonderful years but I have now moved on to Hua Hin, Thailand.
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